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Internal Number: JR00084701
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools. The School offers a unique approach, incorporating cross-disciplinary legal education, a distinctly collaborative environment, and an innovative curriculum to enrich student learning. The small and highly interdisciplinary faculty achieves scholarly excellence while emphasizing a shared effort to advance understanding of the law. The result is an intellectual community that bridges traditional boundaries and disciplines within a renowned internal culture of collegiality, making the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School an extraordinarily supportive academic community for all its members.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for the Office of Career Strategy, the Associate Director for Judicial Clerkships and Academic Careers creates and implements strategic approaches to preparing students and alumni to succeed in the highly competitive judicial clerkship and academic career marketplaces, oversees the development and delivery of related career education, manages and directs recruitment programs and events, and leads the provision of counseling services to students and alumni. This role requires significant collaboration and strong relationships with the faculty committees for clerkships and academic careers (including the Dean), as well as with colleagues within the Office of Career Strategy, throughout the law school, with judges and their chambers, and with alumni.
A cover letter is required with the application
Lead programs & services for judicial clerkships & academic careers
Develop and oversee the vision and strategy of clerkship and academic career programs and services. Working in close collaboration with faculty committees, design and develop programs, services and resources to best support the judicial clerkship and academic career aspirations of PCL students and alumni.
Develop and maintain expertise of judicial clerkship opportunities across all judicial forums, including the nature of the work, alumni networks, selection practices and hiring trends for these opportunities.
Develop strategies to identify, reach and serve all students with judicial clerkship and academic career aspirations. Ensure curated services to help ensure the students are as competitive as possible for the opportunities to which they seek to apply. Grow relationships and develop career curriculum for the elite most opportunities, as well as all others, ensuring curated support tailored to the individual’s needs and interests.
Understand the needs and interests of students who seek to include judicial clerkships in their career paths, and the unique challenges that are presented depending on the timing of the clerkships, along with their other employment goals, e.g., nonprofit, law firm or governmental. Educate and collaborate with OCS colleagues on judicial clerkships and academic careers to ensure integrated career advising services.
Counsel students on judicial clerkship and academic career strategy
Develop and oversee the vision and strategy of judicial clerkship and academic career counseling, in collaboration with OCS colleagues, to develop and deliver exceptional and individualized counseling to students seeking these opportunities upon graduation, as well as those who are interested in incorporating judicial clerkship or academic career opportunities later in their careers.
Tailor career counseling and coaching to students based on specific needs and interests and for all aspects of judicial clerkships and academic careers, including the full range of schools, courts and geographies. Coach and advise students in the development of application materials, networking, and interview preparation, including as may be required for specialized and elite opportunities.
Lead clerkship application programs
Direct, administer and organize clerkship application processes including cover letter and resume review, creation of judge lists and compilation and delivery of application materials. Collaborate with law school colleagues (e.g. OCS, faculty support and facilities) to ensure effective and efficient process for compiling and delivering paper and electronic clerkship applications.
Identify best practices for robust judicial clerkship application support to ensure exceptional programs, resources and application support for PCL students and alumni. Liaise with judges and judicial chambers’ staff to understand and follow recruiting and hiring process and preferences.
Provide counseling to students interested in judicial internships and faculty research assistant opportunities
Develop and deliver programs, services and counseling for students interested in judicial internships during law school. Coordinate with faculty to connect students to faculty research assistantships. Collaborate with OCS colleagues to provide information about these opportunities during 1L counseling sessions.
Provide general program support and student counseling as needed
As needed and schedule permits, provide counseling services to all students, including career counseling meetings, mock interviews, and resume and cover letter review. Provide counseling and administrative support for 2L law firm recruiting programs.
Communication, Reporting, Representation
Develop and implement practices and tools to communicate events and measure program success. Prepare and present reports as requested, including semiannual faculty committee reports to the faculty committees and the Dean. Embrace innovation, technology and user focused design tools to maximize the quality and success of programs, services and resources.
Manage technology resources relating to judicial clerkship and academic career information and events, including Canvas courses, OCS website, Symplicity and social media. Leverage communication tools to maximize participation of students seeking judicial clerkship and academic career opportunities.
Build and maintain relationships with judges by attending events, inviting judges to participate in clerkship and judicial career programs, and interacting with chambers staff. Participate in the Penn Cary Law Inn of Court. Develop relationships and presence with law schools and other industry colleagues, including by attending conferences, programs and meetings, including, e.g. NALP, the ABA and peer groups.
Facilitate activities of faculty judicial clerkship and academic committees, including tracking student interest, guidance and mentorship, and application support. Keep faculty committee apprised of clerkship-related programs and services, as well as employment outcomes. Incorporate input from these stakeholders into strategic planning. Communicate with faculty to ensure the timely completion of letters of recommendation. Facilitate faculty outreach to chambers on behalf of candidates.
Other duties as assigned
J.D. strongly preferred and a minimum of five years of increasing responsibility relating to judicial clerkship careers, or administration and/or law school career counseling. Experience, either as a judicial clerk, or working as a judicial clerkship counselor, is highly preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to apply innovative and strategic thinking to design, plan and implement educational programming in career planning. The candidate will have a history of working successfully with diverse constituencies, including employers, law school senior leadership (including the Dean) faculty, alumni, current students, prospective students, and colleagues. We seek candidates who have established track records as collaborators in the workplace.
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools. The school offers a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania. The resulting intellectual opportunities and professional relationships bridge traditional boundaries and disciplines, making Penn Law an extraordinarily supportive academic community for its scholars and students alike.
Penn Law staff play a critical role in providing a world-class educational environment, supporting faculty, students, alumni, and fellow staff members in a collaborative and ambitious environment.